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Recent news releases and decisions on ASIRT investigations.

  • November 29, 2021

    On July 4, 2019, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the detention in the Calgary Police Service (CPS) Arrest Processing Section (APS) of a 44-year-old man.

  • November 29, 2021

    On Jan. 7, 2019, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding injuries suffered by a 53-year-old man while being detained in the Calgary Police Service (CPS) Arrest Processing Section (APS) on Dec. 7, 2018.

  • November 1, 2021

    On Sept. 9, 2019, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the apprehension and arrest of a 49-year-old man.

  • October 19, 2021

    On Oct. 15, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer’s discharge of his service weapon during an encounter with a 27-year-old man earlier that day.

  • October 15, 2021

    On Nov. 30, 2018, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 23-year-old man, hereinafter referred to as the affected person (AP), after he went into medical distress while being held in a cell in the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) Detainee Management Unit (DMU). No officers were designated as subject officers. ASIRT’s investigation is now complete.

  • October 8, 2021

    On July 10, 2019, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an incident involving the June 11, 2019 apprehension and arrest of a 26-year-old man.

  • October 8, 2021

    On July 11, 2018, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team was directed to investigate an allegation that on June 9, 2018 a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer committed an assault when he delivered an open-handed slap to the face of a handcuffed 30-year-old man being detained at the Strathcona County RCMP Detachment.

  • September 24, 2021

    On Sept. 21, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer’s discharge of his service weapon during an encounter with a 29-year-old man that day.

  • September 2, 2021

    On Sept. 1, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate a Calgary Police Service (CPS) officer’s discharge of his service weapon during an encounter with a 28-year-old man that day. No one was injured.

  • August 31, 2021

    On Aug. 27, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate an incident that took place the previous evening during which Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers discharged their service firearms. A 28-year-old male was seriously injured.

  • August 16, 2021

    On Aug. 14, 2021, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 39-year-old man who was shot and killed by police at an oilfield battery site during a standoff that same day.

  • July 30, 2021

    On July 27, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an incident that took place that same day during which Edmonton Police Service (EPS) officers discharged their service firearms, resulting in the death of a 43-year-old man.

  • July 30, 2021

    On July 26, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an incident where a 29-year-old woman sustained an injury during contact with Edmonton Police Service (EPS) officers.

  • July 21, 2021

    On Aug.31, 2018, pursuant to Section 46.1 of the Police Act, ASIRT was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 25-year-old man as a result of an officer-involved shooting that occurred that day.

  • July 19, 2021

    On July 12, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding contact between members of the Calgary Police Service (CPS) and a 37-year-old man. Following the man’s encounter with CPS, he attended to hospital, where he was admitted and later passed away. 

  • July 16, 2021

    On July 27, 2018, ASIRT was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an arrest by members of the Calgary Police Service (CPS) that occurred that same day. During that arrest, an officer discharged his service pistol and was designated as the subject officer in ASIRT’s investigation. No one was injured as a result of the discharge of the firearm.

  • July 14, 2021

    On Aug. 1, 2018, pursuant to Section 46.1 of the Police Act, the Director of Law Enforcement (DLE) assigned ASIRT to investigate the circumstances surrounding a vehicle pursuit and subsequent arrest of a 31-year-old man. The man had been arrested by members of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) on July 30 following a brief vehicle pursuit which had resulted in serious injury to an uninvolved pedestrian, and was terminated by intentional contact made by two EPS vehicles.

  • July 13, 2021

    On July 7, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an incident that took place that same day during which a member of the Calgary Police Service (CPS) discharged a service firearm, resulting in serious injury to a 23-year-old man.

  • July 13, 2021

    On Sept. 30, 2018, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was assigned to investigate a fatal single motor vehicle collision that followed an attempted traffic stop by members of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS). The collision resulted in the death of the 27-year-old male driver, and serious injury to the 21-year-old female passenger. 

  • July 9, 2021

    On July 3, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an encounter between members of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) and a 50-year-old man that occurred that same day and resulted in the man’s death.

  • June 24, 2021

    On June 20, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an incident that took place that same day during which a member of the Cold Lake Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) discharged a service firearm, resulting in the death of a 28-year-old man.

  • June 21, 2021

    On June 17, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an encounter between members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and a 29-year-old man that took place that same day near High Prairie.

  • June 14, 2021

    On June 7, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 35-year-old man who went into medical distress while in custody at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Airdrie detachment, and was subsequently pronounced deceased that same day in hospital.

  • June 11, 2021

    On June 6, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an Edmonton Police Service (EPS) officer-involved shooting that took place shortly before midnight the previous day. During that incident, a 33-year-old man sustained a fatal gunshot wound.

  • June 8, 2021

    On June 5, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an incident where a member of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) discharged a service firearm during an encounter with two men. Following the incident, a 31-year-old man was determined to have sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

  • June 1, 2021

    On May 28, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an encounter between members of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) and a 50-year-old man, who subsequently went into medical distress. Officers had been sent to assist Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel.

  • May 27, 2021

    On May 24, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that took place that same day in Red Deer, and resulted in the death of a 46-year-old man.

  • May 27, 2021

    This incident references conduct of a 17-year-old young person as defined by the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). Pursuant to the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, it is an offence to publish the name of a young person charged with or convicted of an offence and/or any information that would tend to identify them.

  • May 14, 2021

    On May 11, 2021, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the potential mishandling of evidence by a member of the Lethbridge Police Service (LPS).

  • May 10, 2021

    On May 7, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 26-year-old man who died while in the custody of the Lloydminster Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) that same day.

News archive

View any news release issued by ASIRT:

Timing

ASIRT issues a news release and, in time-sensitive situations, a tweet:

  • after the province’s director of law enforcement assigns ASIRT a file
  • at the conclusion of an ASIRT investigation

Exceptions

ASIRT’s executive director chooses when to issue news releases or tweets for investigations into Alberta police officers whose conduct:

  • may have caused serious injuries
  • may have caused death
  • has led to sexual assault allegations

Balancing transparency

When ASIRT issues a news release or tweet, the team strives to:

  • disclose as much information as possible to the public
  • protect the confidentiality of witnesses
  • guard the privacy rights of those involved
  • maintain the integrity of investigations

Revealing names

In its news releases and tweets, ASIRT does not usually include the names of people who have:

  • died
  • been seriously injured

Exceptions

ASIRT may reveal a person's identity in a news release or tweet based on:

  • the circumstances surrounding the incident
  • a combination of other factors, such as the:
    • requirements of an investigation
    • person's position on their name being released
    • family's position on the name of their deceased relative being released
    • person's age
    • person's name already being in the public domain
    • stage of an investigation
    • limitations imposed by law – Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Youth Criminal Justice Act, etc.

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